feel honor-bound to (do something)

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feel honor-bound to (do something)

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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Try some delicate, stackable rings, but don't feel honor-bound to stack.
So, I feel honor-bound to remind you that, in the absence of continued leadership in education, others will step in.
Since that doesn't promote the abortion brand, a task so many media representatives feel honor-bound (so to speak) to advance, it is to NBC 10's credit that however briefly the American public heard the true horror that was Gosnell's House of Horrors.